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It's a family I'd actually love to join. Or spy on. Whichever. PH: NBC

PARENTHOOD aired this Tuesday after a greatly anticipated wait. And after the huge fail that was THE MARRIAGE REF, I had started doubting things. But this was a situation where the hype surrounding the show lived up to, and maybe even beyond, expectations. The pilot of PARENTHOOD suggests that this show is everything I wanted BROTHERS & SISTERS to be. PARENTHOOD is the show that I immediately want to recommend to people, and feel personally upset if they don’t want to make a point to watch it. Because with all of the utter crap on TV, this is a gem.

Rather than forced storylines or forced emotion, PARENTHOOD resonates with sincerity. That’s why it’s now on my can’t-miss TV list.

The show walks the balance of drama and comedy in a way that never makes the 60 minutes (or less, if you DVR) feel dull. There’s greatly talented people in the show (most notably for me: Lorelai Gilmore aka Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, Erika Christensen and Monica Potter. But even the younger cast of kids seems remarkably talented. That is to say, instead of being annoyed and just wanting their stories to fall by the wayside, I’m interested in those dynamics more than I would have thought I’d be. It’s not that I hate children. I am just not…part of their fanclub.

The PARENTSAUCE (that’s what Dax Shepard called it in a tweet and I always call it that in my head)  pilot did a stellar job of introducing us to each of the characters (which is impressive, considering the lengthy cast list), and hinting at things without fulling delving into everyone’s full life story all at once. Instead of being overwhelmed, I’m intrigued.  PARENTHOOD won’t be as difficult to watch as LOST, but this does not seem like a show that’s going to cater to the viewers by insulting their intelligence. Rather than forced storylines or forced emotion, PARENTHOOD resonates with sincerity. That’s why it’s now on my can’t miss TV list.

If you missed it, watch PARENTHOOD online free, right after the jump. (And no one will hold it against you if you watch this for a second time.)



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